Strensham, St John's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The interior has plenty of historic interest, with the oldest feature being the Norman tub font. The pews are largely Elizabethan, and there are several Georgian features, including a beautifuly carved and painted west gallery. The gallery incorporates sections of a 15th century rood screen divided into panels, each panel depicting a saint or church dignitary. These are quite wonderfully painted and carved, with 23 panels still intact, each bearing a traceried head. The chancel arch is 14th century.
There seems to be some doubt over the dedication of the church. It is generally called St John the Baptist's, but is sometimes also known as St Phillip and St James. Whatever the case, the church is no longer in regular use and is in the care of the Churches Conservaton Trust.
VisitingBe wary of using the official postcode for your satnav. We were coming from the east, via Pershore, and our satnav took us to Eckington Lock, on the River Avon. We could clearly see the tower of St John's' church on the far bank of the river, but there was no way to cross the river, even on foot. We retraced our steps to the main Pershore road and took the minor road to Lower Strensham. Immediately before the motorway bridge Church Road strikes off to the east. The dead-end road terminates at the church, far from the actual village.
The door was locked when we arrived, but a sign in the porch directed us to the Old Rectory, beside the church, where a key hung conveniently on a nail set into a post outside the house. It was literally the work of 30 seconds to retrieve the key.
The Norman font stands immediately beneath the gallery. It has quite obviously been recut, for the blind arcading is crisp and clean, unlike a normal Norman font that has seen 1000 years of use!
The chancel seems full to bursting with Russell tombs. The memoriial brasses are exceptional, though the ones set into the floor have suffered from the passage of feet over the centuries. The really striking memorial is that of Sir Thomas Russell (d. 1632) and his wife Elizabeth (d. 1618). The memorial is an exuberant, extravagant example of Jacobean Baroque style, with vivid paint and gilding, and decorated floral columns on either side of the couple's effigies. The memorial is bursting with colour, with complex figures of cherubs, reminders of mortality, globes, and coats of arms.
Strensham church is a delight; a wonderful country church full of historic features. The combination of the painted gallery and the Russell memorial make it a must-see.
About Strensham, St John's Church
Address: Church Road, Strensham, Worcestershire, England, WR8 9LW
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Near M5 Strensham Services. Access via a country road over the motorway towards Lower Strensham.
Website: Strensham, St John's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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